Nov 3, 2005

Congress shall make no law...

Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press...

Yet it's funny how they just keep finding ways to do so.
House Declines to Exempt Political Web Sites From Spending Rules
The House voted 225-182 for a bill that would have excluded blogs, e-mails and other Internet communications from regulation by the Federal Election Commission. That was 47 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed under a procedure that limited debate time and allowed no amendments.
The vote in effect clears the way for the FEC to move ahead with court-mandated rule-making to govern political speech and campaign spending on the Internet.

The rollcall was as follows:
Yes: R|179, D|46
No: R|38, D|143

In other words, Democrats no longer believe that prohibiting certain political speech a certain number of days before an election is "abriding the freedom of speech." Funny, I'm pretty sure anyone who can actually read knows that the First Amendment says precisely that.
Oh, and the president is just as illiterate for signing the original campaign finance reform bill in 2001. Just so we don't leave anyone out here...

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